JetBlue Airways and partner MCR Development were chosen as the winning bidders to build a hotel in an empty terminal at John F. Kennedy airport in New York. The hotel will feature 505 rooms in the former TWA terminal, built in the 1960s by noted architect Eero Saarinen.
JetBlue Airways plans to launch seasonal nonstop service from JFK to Palm Springs, Calif., during mid-January to May. "With direct service to Palm Springs five days a week, winter-weary East Coasters can escape to this desert getaway with 350 days of sunshine easier than ever before," said Dave Clark, vice president of network planning for JetBlue.
Officials with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have signed an agreement with a group of private investors who hope to convert an unused cargo building at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York city into a 108,000-square-foot complex equipped to handle animal cargo. The new facility is expected to have kennels for dogs and cats under quarantine, animal exercise space, a groomer and an animal hospital equipped to deal with exotic animals that need specialized procedures.
JetBlue Airways could have all of its operations, as well as operations with partner airlines, out of Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, writes the Cranky Flier. "That would create a monster of an opportunity. Keeping all those flights in the same terminal reduces minimum connecting times and allows airlines to schedule tighter connections," the blogger writes.
David Barger, CEO of JetBlue Airways, said building the airline's own customs point at John F. Kennedy International Airport would enhance international transfers and JetBlue's alliances with global carriers. JetBlue has pacts with eight international airlines, but it is not a member of a global airline alliance, and transfers can be cumbersome at JFK.